Course Title: Science Mentored Research Placement 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Mentored Research Placement 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tamar Greaves

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9556

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Assumed Knowledge

The course is designed for an upper year level student who has the foundation of a successful first year program.

Course Description

Science Mentored Research Placement 1 is designed to allow the upper year level student to observe and participate in one or more current research projects within the School of Science, under the direction of a staff mentor. The projects can be internal or external to RMIT. The student’s task will be defined by the staff member or researcher and agreed on by the student and course coordinator at the beginning of the course. It may consist of the student either observing and reporting on one or more research projects, or by carrying out work that contributes to a current research project.

The aims, scope, methodology and expected outcomes of the task must be defined in a proposal written by the student under the direction of the course coordinator at the beginning of the course. The success of the task will be weighed against the proposal. If appropriate, the student’s contribution will also be assessed by their mentor.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills are applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BSc(Dean’s Scholar)(Hons) program (BH101) at AQF Level 7:

PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.

PLO-2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the way that the scientific method is applied in the context of a specific research project within the School of Applied Sciences
  2. Summarise the background, aims, methodology and expected outcomes of the research project
  3. Demonstrate a grasp of the scientific principles involved in the research project
  4. Summarise the implications of the research project for its field of specialization and for society generally
  5. Report on your contribution to the research project



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Student’s activity proposal
Weighting: 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: Student’s final report
Weighting: 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: Mentor’s assessment of student’s contribution
Weighting: 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3

Assessment Task 4: Student’s oral presentation to class
Weighting: 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.